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Massachusetts. Commissioners on war records.
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1. Massachusetts — Hist. — Civil war. 2. Massachusetts — Militia.
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The Commissioners on War Eecords have the honor to
J submit the following report.
The work of this Bureau on records of soldiers has been
continued for the past } r ear on hospital and casualty reports
and books outside of the regular rolls ; and on enlistment
papers, — one of the most important series of documents
contained in the archives, and which, begun upon in 1903,
has been made use of for the first time by this Bureau, and
is most important in clearing up numerous incorrect or
defective records. More hospital books and casualty reports
have been discovered in the archives the past year, and are
in process of carding.
The results of the work have been very gratifying.
There has been no year since the establishment of the Bureau
when so much has been accomplished in the way of correc-
tion of errors in the roster, and the connection of services
in different organizations of this Commonwealth, or of men
in Massachusetts regiments or batteries, with their service
in other State organizations or in the regular army or navy.
In connection with the State Aid Bureau, investigation
has revealed a'number of men who had been drawing State
or military aid, who were deserters, and not entitled to such
Many instances have come to light, as in previous } T ears,
where men have been falsely charged with desertion. Curi-
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oiis and interesting eases could be given of facta revealed by
the investigations in this particular Line, but such liave no
place in a report which calls for conciseness.'
The branch of the work comprising naval enlistments and
transfers is well advanced toward publication. The carding
of all the books of the Adjutant-Gen eral's lists of sailors and
marines as they now stand, with everything that up to this
time applies to the service of sailors and marines, is com-
pleted, and believed to be correct as far as now known.
Numerous additions must be made after ascertaining certain
facts from the Navy department, which has shown every
courtesy in promptly furnishing all information asked for.
Care has to be taken, however, not to call for too much at a
time, as such a course might result unfavorably.
It has been necessary, nevertheless, to defer work in one
direction, — that of examination for indispensable informa-
tion contained in the earlier letter files, embracing the com-
munications of many years from the Navy department, which
tiles have been for months at the bindery, and only recently
returned to the Adjutant-General's archives.
This branch of the work requires peculiarly careful inves-
tigation, and presents difficulties unknown to the army rec-
ords. The results during the past year have been very
satisfactory. The names of a large number of men who
served from this Commonwealth in the navy, either by orig-
inal enlistment or by transfer from the army, records of
whose service had hitherto been lacking, have been added
to the list. Corrections in records of hundreds of sailors
It is proper to remark that only those men who were
residents of this Commonwealth at the time of their enlist-
ment are included in the quota of Massachusetts, wherever
or on whatever station they may have enlisted. Those who
had moved away and become permanently citizens elsewhere
are not properly to be considered as Massachusetts men,
although they may have been born within the limits of the
Commonwealth. Of course all men who were enlisted or
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drafted from any station, and were afterwards formally al-
lowed as on the Massachusetts quota, are to be rated as on
the list of Massachusetts sailors or marines.
The original enlistment rolls of the receiving ship " Ohio :;
are now on the receiving ship " "Wabash," at Charlestown
Navy Yard, and are open to this Bureau through the cour-
tesy of the admiral in command on this station. They are
invaluable in many ways where it is necessary to verify
dates of enlistments, secure descriptive lists, and to deter-
mine the facts relative to identification in many cases where
confusion has existed up to this time in regard to the identity
ot certain men. ±820243
All information received from the officers at the Charles-
town Navy Yard and receiving ship, as well as from the
Bureau of Navigation, and the adjutant and inspector of the
United States Marine Corps, has been full, exact and of
The work is progressing as rapidly as can be expected,
where close and careful examination is often very difficult,
The results already apparent are proving its value.
Many appreciative letters are received from soldiers and
sailors who have, through the etforts of this Bureau, received
completed or corrected records of service.
Boston, Dec. 31, 1904.
WM. M. OLIN,
HENRY E. TURNER,
CoDimibsioncrs on War Records .